Religion

Churches have traditionally catered to its more seasoned members in the past, with younger churchgoers waiting in the wings to be seen and heard. Millennials are waiting no longer, forcing churches to either step up to include them or risk losing their presence and membership. There are 79 million millennials...
“Now, let me get this straight. You are a successful attorney, making a good salary, and you are about to make partner, which will give you even more money,” Phoebe Roaf’s mother said. “But you want to leave all that, go to seminary for three years with no salary,...
by Michelle Wilson Bradley -- Vinvecca B. Gray will be officially installed as the senior pastor at Golden Leaf Church, 1439 N. Hollywood, on April 7 at 3 p.m. “I am still in awe (as to) what God has done,” said Gray. “I grew up in North Memphis and in this...
Count the Rev. Jeffrey Williams among the local pastors who – despite dwindling attendance – is rock-solid sure that the church will increasingly become a place of refuge in the troubled times ahead. Such assuredness is rooted in a faith that sustains the pastor of Tucker Temple Church of God...
In 1996, Melvin D. Watkins Jr., who had enlisted in the Air Force two years earlier after graduating from Hamilton High School, returned from a duty station in Turkey to  attend the funeral of his grandmother. As the eulogy was being delivered, he found himself confronted with the unexpected. Watkins,...
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A “complete gift.” When you’ve known someone for nearly 30 of the 45 years of his life, that is how you sum up the time when the person was gospel-recording artist “Shea” Norman and you knew him as Deborah Thomas did. “He was loving, talented and extremely funny! Shea is loved...
On Saturday at noon, the Rev. Joseph Scrivner and the Rev. Keith Norman will be in the pulpit at First Baptist Church-Broad focused on duty while also contending with a deep family loss. Scrivner is the son of the late Rev. Ralph White, longtime pastor of Bloomfield Full Gospel Baptist...
Kia Moore was the first woman licensed to preach at her home church, which was founded by slaves. In 2013, she became the youngest person to pray on the Tennessee House Floor as the guest clergy member. And, she was also the youngest person to lead National Day of Prayer...
Greater Middle Baptist Church will install the Rev. Rodney Echols Sr. as pastor on Sunday (September 15). Dr. Donald R. Ester, pastor of New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, will deliver the address during the installation, which begins at 3 p.m. Rev. Echols received a Master of Divinity degree in 2005...
Rev. Bartholomew Orr
by Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell  Special to the New Tri-State Defender …And as I stand before you tonight, I must still say that the Church is the most segregated major institution in America, and we must face the shameful fact that eleven o’clock on Sunday morning, when we stand to sing, “In Christ there...